You know that slippery coating you feel on your teeth when you wake up? Yes, you guessed right. That’s plaque. It is a sticky type of film that forms on your teeth every day. We all have plaque on our teeth. It forms when we’re asleep or when we’re going through our daily activities.
Plaques develop when foods containing sugar and starch such as milk, soft drinks, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that lives on the mouth survive on these foods, producing acid as a result. Over some time, these acids destroy the tooth enamel which then results in tooth decay. Hence, plaque develops on the tooth roots under the gum and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the tooth.
Plaques can be embarrassing sometimes; especially, when it becomes visible, you hardly smile.
Need not to worry, here are some ways you can follow to prevent or get rid of it;
- You can remove plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly with soft-bristled toothbrush. Some dentists however recommend that you use electric toothbrush because they believe it is effective in removing plaque.
- A study conducted this year (2019) also shows that using a toothpaste containing baking soda helps get rid of plaques.
- Plaques that are hardened into tartar will have to be removed by a professional dentist.
- It is also advisable that you visit your dentist for a regular checkup.
- Use an anti-bacterial mouth wash that prevents bacteria from causing plaque.
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid in between meals. If you need to take snacks, choose nutritious foods such as fruits, cheese, plain yoghurt or raw veggies. Veggies especially help remove food and enable saliva to neutralize plaque causing acids.